“The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!” (William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)
The past couple of months has been an interesting social exercise. Isolating us from each other, taking away everyday activities , restricting travel. Many people have tried working from home - for some it's proved a great idea, being able to take breaks when it suits and not waste time and fuel travelling to and from work. It's also meant that we've changed our shopping habits and priorities a little. People have slowly become aware of nature again, with native falcons spotted In Lambton Quay and other birdlife enjoying the lack of traffic and noise.
Speaking for myself , it's been a time to reflect on how much I don't need and how much I already have. I know that other friends and family have said the same thing... surely we don't need lots of stuff. I just hope that we all learn a lesson from this and don't go back to our old consumeristic (is that a word?) ways.
One thing that many people are considering is spending holiday time in NZ rather than overseas. If you're feeling like a break in a beautiful part of our country, read on...
After last years enjoyable workshop in Golden Bay I've decided to run one there again this Labour Weekend - to find out more please just fill in the contact form below. It'll be a relaxing , fun weekend with the added bonus of learning how to keep a watercolour journal .
Stay well and don't fall back into the old habits! :)